“Technology and Books for All” is the first interactive PDF that offers a page-by-page view relayed by an in-depth view. For most pages, our readers can switch from Overview (short version) to In-Depth (long version). This ebook has been conceived from the start to be read on a screen. The chapters are presented per chronological order, and enriched with beautiful pictures.
This ebook is also an experimental project in many ways. For example, it explores little known assets of the PDF format, such as multi-layers and interactive fields, without confining a PDF to a replica of a print book. Our next projects include French and Spanish versions of this ebook, as well as iPhone versions.
Michael Hart, who founded Project Gutenberg in 1971, wrote : “We consider eText to be a new medium, with no real relationship to paper, other than presenting the same material, but I don’t see how paper can possibly compete once people each find their own comfortable way to eTexts, especially in schools.”Excerpt from a NEF interview, August 1998.
1968 ASCII is a 7-bit coded character set.
1971 Project Gutenberg is the first digital library.
1974 The internet takes off.
1977 UNIMARC is set up as a common bibliographic format.
1984 Copyleft is a new license for computer software.
1990 The web takes off.
1991 Unicode is a universal double-byte character set.
1993 The Online Books Page is a list of free eBooks.
1993 The PDF format is launched by Adobe.
1994 The first library website goes online.
1994 Publishers put some of their books online for free.
1995 Amazon.com is the first main online bookstore.
1995 The mainstream press goes online.
1996 The Palm Pilot is the first PDA.
1996 The Internet Archive is founded to archive the web.
1996 Teachers explore new ways of teaching.
1997 Online publishing begins spreading.
1997 The Logos Dictionary goes online for free.
1997 Multimedia convergence is the topic of an international symposium.
1998 Library treasures like Beowulf go online.
1999 Librarians become webmasters.
1998 The web becomes multilingual.
1999 The Open eBook format is a standard for eBooks.
1999 Authors go digital.
2000 yourDictionary.com is a language portal.
2000 The Bible of Gutenberg goes online.
2000 Distributed Proofreaders digitizes books from public domain.
2000 The Public Library of Science (PLoS) works on free online journals.
2001 Wikipedia is the first main online cooperative encyclopedia.
2001 Creative Commons works on new ways to respect authors’ rights on the web.
2003 MIT offers its course materials for free in its OpenCourseWare.
2004 Project Gutenberg Europe is launched as a multilingual project.
2004 Google launches Google Print to rename it Google Books.
2005 The Open Content Alliance (OCA) launches a world public digital library.
2006 Microsoft launches Live Search Books as its own digital library.
2006 The union catalog WorldCat goes online for free.
2007 Citizendium is a main online “reliable” cooperative encyclopedia.
2007 The Encyclopedia of Life will document all species of animals and plants.
Marie Lebert is a researcher and journalist specializing in technology for books and languages. Her books are available in Project Gutenberg.http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/l#a32388
Marc Autret is a graphic designer and journalist specializing in electronic publishing. He created the site Indiscripts.com in May 2009.http://www.indiscripts.com
Adobe Reader, version 7 or later.http://www.adobe.com/go/EN_US-H-GET-READER
Technology / Ebook design, development and PDF interface : Marc Autret (cc) 2009 — Software : Adobe InDesign © 1999-2008 Adobe Systems Inc., ExtendScript Toolkit © 2005-2008 Adobe Systems Inc., Adobe Acrobat © 1984-2009 Adobe Systems Inc.
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